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Unity Center for Behavioral Health is Now Open

New Service

Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University are pleased to announce the opening of Unity Center for Behavioral Health. The unprecedented collaboration of the four major health systems provides care for those in need through a combination of emergency, inpatient and transition to outpatient services.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, existing behavioral health inpatients from Adventist Health were transferred to the new facility. On Thursday, Feb. 2, the first dedicated Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) began accepting walk-ins and transfers from Unity Center partner emergency departments.

The PES is an outpatient service where a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner evaluate patients in a timely fashion and creates a treatment plan customized to the patient’s individual needs. The PES is laid out in an innovative “living room” design with recliners, group space and calming rooms. Patients may stay in the PES for up to 23 hours before returning to the community.

Other unique features of Unity Center are onsite representatives from many community partners to offer transitional support services and strong peer support personnel. Having themselves recovered from a mental illness, the peers are on hand to help guide patients as they navigate their treatment and transition back into the community.

Unity Center includes 80 adult inpatient beds and 22 inpatient beds for adolescents ages nine through 17. The architecture and various color schemes are designed to reduce agitation and instill a sense of well-being. The facility also includes a pharmacy, spiritual room and a café for visitors and staff. A restful healing garden is planned for summer 2017.

While Adventist Medical Center’s inpatient behavioral health units have transferred to Unity Center, our Emergency Department remains ready and equipped to triage and care for behavioral health patines until they can be admitted to Unity Center or discharged as appropriate.